Latino Behavioral Health System improves lives and community

Latino Behavioral Health System collaborators

Listening to his Spanish-speaking clients at the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven, Dr. Francisco Lopez hears a lot of stories about trauma.

Trauma is an underlying factor in many behavioral health disorders; its destructive impact on a person’s life can be compounded by neglect and isolation. But thanks to the Connecticut Latino Behavioral Health System (LBHS), Dr. Lopez’s clients—and many others like them—are able to access the high quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate care they need.

LBHS is a network of eight providers anchored at the Hispanic Clinic of the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) and supported by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS). CMHC, a longstanding partnership between the Yale Department of Psychiatry and DMHAS, is dedicated to providing recovery-oriented services to uninsured or underinsured people.

Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Second Annual ‘Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Addressing Gaps and Working toward Implementation’ will be held on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). The conference, now in its second year, engages in addressing the opportunities and challenges of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

This conference is aimed at providing Yale students, and members of the wider community, with an opportunity to engage in a global discussion that has local effects.

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Authenticating the oldest book in the Americas

On April 21, 1971, a little-known Maya manuscript — a calendar for calculating the cycles of Venus — went on view at the Grolier Club in Manhattan as part of an exhibition on Maya writing.

“Manuscript Could Change Views on Mayans’ Religion” announced a headline in The New York Times.

Michael Coe, a Yale professor of anthropology and an organizer of the exhibition, told the Times that the manuscript, which was owned by an anonymous private collector and had never before been on exhibit, was an “important find” that furnished new information on the importance of Venus to Maya religious beliefs and astrology.

“Only a half-dozen people know of the existence of this codex,” Coe told the Times.

The manuscript, if authentic, would be the oldest known book in the Americas and one of four surviving Maya codices.  (The other three are located in Europe and named after the cities where they are housed: Dresden, Madrid, and Paris.)

Roatan Submarine Expedition


Explore the unknown. Go deeper with Yale.

On this very special program, explore the verdant beaches and crystal waters of Roatan. The island is perched right on the edge of the 25,000-foot-deep Cayman Trench and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s top dive destinations.

Stay at the Tranquilseas Eco-Lodge in private cabanas nestled amongst exotic flora and fauna, with access to a private beach and coral reef. Take a trip around the island by boat, with a lunch stop on a remote beach. Through Tranquilseas’ diving center, try a ‘Discover Scuba’ experience – it’s included in the program. And if you’d prefer to stay closer to land, our Eco-Lodge offers zip-lining, mangrove kayaking, bird watching, nature preserve hiking, and daily yoga. Or just relax and enjoy the comfortable surroundings. All meals save for one lunch and dinner are included.

Register now for our Service Programs to Brazil and Cuba in 2017! Limited Capacity!

Join alumni, family and friends on our 2017 Programs to Cuba and Brazil!

YASC in Brazil 2017 – Deadline to register is December 1, 2016!

March 17-26, 2017

Join us on an innovative Service Trip to Serra Grande!

Spend a week with the people of beautiful Serra Grande, an underserved community located in the state of Bahia on the southeastern coast of Brazil, an area that has the third greatest biodiversity in the world. Learn, share, teach, and advise – This is a unique opportunity to work alongside other volunteers who are passionate and interested in sustainable work in partnership with incredible ground partner organizations including Instituto Floresta Viva and the State University of Santa Cruz (UESC).

Be part of this innovative program with an integrated approach to community well-being that works at the interface of Education, Environment, Business, and Construction. You have the opportunity to teach in the primary and secondary schools, support environmental conservation, build a playground, work with the health post, provide business consulting services, and participate in sports with the children from the community. No special skills required!

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Smithsonian scholar examines legacy of the U.S.-Mexico Bracero Program

Just two days after the end of an election season in which immigration was a top issue, historian Mireya Loza spoke to students and faculty about the Bracero Program, a binational agreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed Mexican male laborers to enter the United States on temporary work permits to cover a labor shortage brought on by World War II.

Over 4.5 million bracero contracts were issued between 1942 and 1964, with most participants working in the agriculture and railroad sectors. While the program was received with excitement immediately after the war, that feeling dissipated throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Yale, Brazilian Scientists Identify Potential Treatment for Fatal Leptospirosis


New research by the Yale School of Public Health and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Brazilian Ministry of Health on leptospirosis, a bacterial infection largely spread by rats, sheds light on how the disease causes death and uncovered a potentially novel treatment.

While rare in the United States, leptospirosis remains an important health threat for impoverished populations in developing countries, causing more than one million illnesses and 60,000 deaths annually.